England’s under 11 chess team
The England under 11 chess team includes some of the best players in the under 10 and under 11 age group. Naturally, you cannot simply turn up and join, you have to show the selectors you are good enough.
There are seven qualifying tournaments which count towards selection. Do well in at least two and you could be invited to the trials. Even if you have been nominated for the trials, these events are good preparation and you are strongly advised to play in at least two of them.
The England U11 trials is the final test. Success there means being able to join the England under 11 team. For each match, the England chess team is selected from that squad.
The 2017 EPSCA team trials will be held in April. To take part, you must have been 9 or 10 on 1st September 2016.
Being good enough at the qualifying tournaments
To show you are good enough for the England trials you need to score more points than you give away in at least two of the qualifying events. For example, scoring at least 3 points in a 5 round competition or 3½ points in a six round event.
The qualifying tournaments you can chose from are:
Each link explains where that event is held, how its organised and who to contact for more details or an entry form etc. (The menu in the top left corner also has the same links.).
Being nominated for the team trials
If you are 9 or 10 and play board one for your EPSCA under 11 chess team in their Inter-association championships, you can be nominated to play in the team trials. The player on board two might be nominated instead if the board one player is under 9. If the board one player was part of last year’s England team, they are automatically invited to a separate competition, and again board two may be nominated instead.
If you play board 1 for you EPSCA Inter-Association team, and then qualify again through the qualifying tournaments, your EPSCA association does not get a second nomination.
Trials for the England under 11 chess team
The England U11 chess team trials are held in April each year. You cannot ask for an entry form, have to be invited. As explained above, invitations are sent to players who were either nominated by their EPSCA association or were successful in the qualifying events.
The team trials involve 6 games, played over Saturday and Sunday. There are no byes, so you have to play every game.
Players who were part of last year’s England team and are still young enough to play go to a separate competition.